Talk:Principality of Arbanon

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Renaming to "Lord of Kruja"?[edit]

I think it would be better if we totally redesign this article into -lord of Kruja-, because all these alleged "princes" had in fact a much lesser degree of power than suggested in the article, the Principality of Arber is thus a fabrication. --Zoupan (talk) 02:41, 18 January 2011 (UTC)

If you would take the time to check for the sources, you would have been more useful to the article. Just this and this and this and this with a little google help. If you are interested in the article you can search further on. Aigest (talk) 13:45, 21 January 2011 (UTC)
I've cleaned up the article. There is still much to do.--Zoupan (talk) 21:23, 14 March 2012 (UTC)
Please don't misrepresent the sources as the ones you added about Albanian nationalism had to do with the League of Lezhë and the wording was POV.--— ZjarriRrethues — talk 02:30, 15 March 2012 (UTC)
That is not criteria for reverting my whole edit. I'm removing the League of Lezhe-refs, adding other sources directly handling the status.--Zoupan (talk) 10:41, 15 March 2012 (UTC)
Zoupan you are misusing sources and you are vandalising the article. If you want to make major changes discuss them first in the talk page. Aigest (talk) 15:43, 15 March 2012 (UTC)
I haven't deleted anything, which sources am i misusing? Where is the vandalism? Please review the article first, and point out your problems, because, honestly, I think you're falsely judging my edits. You reverted the article even though I took care of what Zjarri asked for.--Zoupan (talk) 16:03, 15 March 2012 (UTC)
@ZjarriRrethues: That was a very good observation about the Albanian nationalism and League of Lezhe. I do AGF but please be so kind provide a quote from the source Zoupan cited which refers to League of Lezhe.
@Zoupan: Thank you for cleaning this article. Both ZjarriRrethues and you are right. The text about Albanian nationalism should be included into the article about League of Lezhe without reverting the whole edit of yours.--Antidiskriminator (talk) 18:28, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

In case any of you haven't noticed, there is an article in wiki called Albanian nationalism. You can put any discussion about it there, otherwise you go to WP:FORK territory. This article is about the Principality. Historical material pertinent to the topic of article ie "Principality of Arbër" stay here. Ideological, social, essays and other works on nationalism go there, simple as that. Aigest (talk) 09:44, 16 March 2012 (UTC)

Then we can safely say that Aigest has judged my edits without reviewing the article.--Zoupan (talk) 10:56, 16 March 2012 (UTC)
@Zoupan. I am afraid that this issue is a little more complicated. Both ZjarriRrethues and Aigest brougth very serious accusations against you.
I think that such serious accusations against you should be addressed appropriately. I noticed that although you took care about possible (still to be confirmed by ZjarriRrethues) connection to League of Lezhe, Aigest insisted that you are misusing sources and you are vandalising the article. It think that only if Aigest (or any other user) fails to present valid arguments for his accusations within reasonable period of time (say a week) his most recent edit should be reverted. --Antidiskriminator (talk) 11:42, 16 March 2012 (UTC)
Good points AntiD, I'm awaiting their comments, then the article should (will) be reverted. Their accusations are totally ungrounded, I know, but I'm interested if the blind reverts will stop - or is this another Vojsava-case?--Zoupan (talk) 11:58, 16 March 2012 (UTC)
There were many OR and POV deductions. That being said since Aigest focused on the parts about nationalism, the parts where you added that this was an autonomous principality under the Byzantine Empire make no sense either as the misinterpreted sources contradict this part of OR/POV too.--— ZjarriRrethues — talk 15:51, 21 March 2012 (UTC)
Abulafia: "Progon and his sons Dhimiter and Gjin, based at Kruja, retained a considerable degree of autonomy", Pipa: "during the second half of the Twelfth Century, had enabled Arbanon to attain a semi-autonomous status", Winnifrith: "From about 1190 to 1216 there was a semi- autonomous principality of Arbanon", Ellis: "Arbanon was autonomous, but loyal to the Byzantine Empire.", Elsie: "the first autonomous Albanian state under Prince Progon". Clear as water. I added that this was an autonomous principality as it in fact was, I will now remove the "autonomous" and "Byzantine" from the infobox as they are unneeded, but the Status-section will nevertheless stay and be expanded. No misinterpretations - No more chances of revert, I understand? --Zoupan 17:47, 21 March 2012 (UTC)

(unindent)If you didn't half-quote the sources and knew that there was no Byzantine Empire after the fourth crusade in 1204, you'd realize that none of them refer to the Byzantine Empire but to relations with successor states like the despotate of Epirus.--— ZjarriRrethues — talk 19:23, 21 March 2012 (UTC)

I added the half-quotes to emphasize on autonomous, as it was, under many states, including the Byzantine Empire, obviously, and Epirus, Nicaea, Zeta and Serbia (Your comment was "the parts where you added that this was an autonomous principality under the Byzantine Empire make no sense either as the misinterpreted sources contradict this part of OR/POV too"). Just read the status section: "Before 1204, Arbanon was an autonomous principality of the Byzantine Empire.";"After 1204, the Albanians naturally followed the Despotate of Epirus, the successor of the Byzantine Empire." etc. --Zoupan 18:32, 22 March 2012 (UTC)

Some questions[edit]

The string "Principality of Arbër" gives no real hit on Gbooks, thus it is not the most suitable name. "Principality of Arbanon" is used in an English Akademia e Shkencave e RPS të Shqipërisë work (1985), however, "Principata e Arbërit" is used in an Albanian work (1991). "Principality of Arberia" is used in a Frashëri translation (1964). What is the most used name in Albanian? Otherwise maybe "Arberia (1190-1255)"/"Arbanon (1190-1255)"? Is the File:Principality of Arbër (11th-12th century AD).png-map reliable? What year does the border correspond to? Is the File:Flag of the Principality of Arber.JPG-flag reliable? Is there really any source describing a "flag of Arberia" (1190-1255)? The "Arber-flag" reminds of the Pontic Greek Eagle.--Zoupan 09:39, 23 April 2012 (UTC)

Good point for the flag. It was deleted at Commons and description on says "probably a heraldic symbol, from the period of the Principality of Arbanon (ca. 1190)". Probably, from period of the Principality. It does not say "this was a flag of the Principality".--Antidiskriminator (talk) 23:32, 13 February 2013 (UTC)

File:Gëziq eagle emblem.svg claims to be the "emblem of Arbanon". Is there any English sources to back this up?--Zoupan 16:22, 20 February 2015 (UTC)

Coat of Arms[edit]

Alleged coat of arms.

I wonder what makes the specific coat of arms historically valid and especially what makes sites like pashtriku and albadreams reliable sources for use in wikipedia per correspodent description in commons.Alexikoua (talk) 18:44, 5 March 2015 (UTC)

I found Jaho Brahaj. "Heraldry" (PDF). The heraldic emblem of the Arbër State was discovered in Gëziq (Mirditë) and dates from the 12th century. which, again, does not look the least reliable.--Zoupan 13:20, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
I am prepared to believe that a relief of this sort was found there, the problem is proving that this was used anything like a heraldic emblem of this particular principality. The eagle was a common motif in Byzantine art, but that does not mean that it had anything to do with heraldry in any western sense, especially since a) heraldry began to be developed in the West in the 12th-13th centuries, and b) Byzantine "heraldry", which one would expect a 12th-century Balkan principality to follow, usually used monograms or religious motifs rather than western-style images, and the notion of a "state heraldry" was completely alien. Unfortunately, it appears that this is simply an emblem picked up by modern nationalist-minded historiography and retroactively cast into the role of a "state emblem". Constantine 14:58, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
I agree with Constantine--Antidiskriminator (talk) 10:42, 26 March 2016 (UTC)


According to Robert Elsie (19 March 2010). Historical Dictionary of Albania. Scarecrow Press. pp. 54, 371. ISBN 978-0-8108-7380-3., Arbanon was centred at Kruja, and the Albanian coast had no noticeable Albanian communities throughout the Middle Ages. According to Steven G. Ellis; Lud'a Klusáková (2007). Imagining Frontiers, Contesting Identities. Edizioni Plus. p. 133. ISBN 978-88-8492-466-7., Arbanon was a small territory in the 11th and 12th centuries, stretching from rivers Devoll to Shkumbi. The map used in the article, claiming to show 11th and 12th c. history, shows Arbanon with a coastline stretching from south of Alessio to the north of Durazzo. This area would in fact have been part of Byzantine Dyrrhachium until at least 1204. --Zoupan 17:53, 9 December 2015 (UTC)

I requested that File:Principality of Arbër (11th-12th century AD).png be moved to File:Map of the Principality of Arbanon.png and have commented on the talk page.--Zoupan 17:58, 9 December 2015 (UTC)

According to Kristaq Prifti,the map's borders depict Arbanon at it's greatest extent.And just because the Albanian coast had alegeldy no "noticeable Albanian communities throught the Middle ages" does not mean they didn't rule there.The map's borders are clearly expressed here.

Anamali, Skënder and Prifti, Kristaq. Historia e popullit shqiptar në katër vëllime. Botimet Toena, 2002, ISBN 9992716223 p. 197-198 Euripides ψ (talk) 10:22, 26 March 2016 (UTC)

If you access to that source please explain what is said, instead of simply copying the citation. The map should not be used until concensus to use it. It was concluded that the map is unreliable.--Zoupan 17:49, 26 March 2016 (UTC)


Emblem is not fake, it's been found carved in stone. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:08, 29 May 2016 (UTC)

Stop adding the serbian name[edit]

There is no point in adding the serbian name of Arbanon. If so we would have to add the german, french names and so on. There were no serbs, the albanian and greek names are enough. Please stop the serbian nationalists invading everything they don't like. - Thank you - TheeDardanian —Preceding undated comment added 11:50, 10 July 2016 (UTC)

The Serbian (Slavic) name for the polity, Raban, is attested during its existence (from primary sources). Arbanon's dependence on Serbia is enough for its inclusion. There were plenty of Slavs in Albania at the time though. There is no invasion going on.--Zoupan 00:10, 11 July 2016 (UTC)
The native name belongs first. I don't see the need for the serbian name here. If so, we'd have to add latin aswell and many many other languages. ;) Shall we add the albanian name first in serbian related articles of this period? Say hello to administrators from me btw;) Theedardanian (talk) 17:14, 19 July 2016 (UTC)
If there is a contemporary Latin source naming the polity, then add this Latin variant. No other languages than those present (plus Latin) are realistic for the intro, and I do not have to explain why. Read the article. Although a neologism, I've now moved Albanian to primary lang, although an annotation clarifying the names might be needed. Please stop edit-warring.--Zoupan 12:25, 20 July 2016 (UTC)
Did you add the albanian version in serbian principalities of the same period? If not, do that for the same reasons you added the serbian one here. Theedardanian (talk) 15:40, 20 July 2016 (UTC)
There are no same reasons, as already explained.--Zoupan 20:13, 20 July 2016 (UTC)
The albanian version should be added there for the exact same reasons you added the serbian version here. Otherwise, it's double-standards...once again. Theedardanian (talk) 11:36, 21 July 2016 (UTC)
There was no historically documented "albanian" presence in areas of the medieval Serbian principalities, however there is a clear and documented Slavic/Serbian presence in this autonomous "albanian" region. Critikal1 (talk) 23:30, 14 January 2017 (UTC)